Family ministry has been a priority for churches since the 80’s but in the past 15 years there has been a new push for youth and kids ministries to be working together in sync with each other in a way that produces a cohesive strategy to equip and empower families like never before. When I started blogging 6 years ago there were only a handful of children’s pastors blogging. There were also a few youth pastor blogs as well. The desire I had for my blog at the beginning was to be to someone else what I wish I had when I started.
In the past 5 years there has been a huge shift toward staffing family ministry positions. That title means something different for each person using it for us here it refers to a single staff member responsible for all programing from birth through college. While there are not a ton of family ministry specific blogs out there yet, I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the best of both the youth and children’s ministry blogosphere.
What I have done is compile a list of the Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs. While they may not all be written by someone in a family ministry position seeing a list of some of the best Kids and Youth ministry blogs out there will help anyone in the position of leading both ministries. This list is by no means comprehensive I realize that in the hours I took to create this list I may have missed a blog. Please forgive me and please let everyone know in the comment section.
I judged each blog by the following:
1. Alexia Rank – I found this through alexia’s site.
2. Social Media Shares of the Home page – With the demise of Google reader we lost the loyalty metric that the Google readership subscription provided. There is no much out there to duplicate that. In my research I found the site http://linktally.com/ which give the amount of shares via social media a particular page has received. As a way of trying to gauge loyalty I used the home page of everyone’s blog.
3. Open Site Explorer Homepage Root Domain Links and Open Site Explorer Total incoming Links help show how far of a reach a blog has. How many people look to a particular blog as having authority on any given subject. The more links back to the blog the more people are referring to the content within the blog. http://www.opensiteexplorer.org
|Rank||Name of Blog||Alexa Rank||Linking Root Domains||Total incoming Links||Social Media Shares of Home Page|
|3||More Than Dodgeball||526741||280||31872||329|
|6||Fuller Youth Institute||2008001||196||8459||374|
|14||Rethinking Youth Ministry||3692609||130||6000||285|
|19||Jr. High Ministry||526741||67||15829||0|
|20||Learning My Lines||4268080||75||2492||2007|
|21||The Inclusive Church||4375118||56||5068||684|
|22||Relevant Children's Ministry||1176258||49||3545||109|
|24||Youth Ministry 360||843313||57||3355||52|
|26||Lemon Lime Kids||3080593||67||4590||69|
|28||Dad In The Middle||2819442||74||5289||13|
|29||Youth Leader Stash||641880||101||7,306||405|
|40||Children's Ministry Magazine Blog||431593||19||1707||5|
|43||Kids Ministry 101||33513||9||641||5|
|47||Download Youth Ministry||701630||39||1751||63|
|49||More Than Puppets||11245622||8||192||42|
We Made the Family Ministry Top 50!
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